Rangers in finals
ABILENE — Sweetwater’s Rangers took advantage of two critical mistakes by Abilene Eastern’s Braves to score the go-ahead fifth-inning run Wednesday in the teams’ District 5 Major League (11-12) semifinal.Then Reese Hayes retired the last six hitters in order to complete a 6-5 win for the Rangers that sent them into the title game at 7 p.m. today. Hayes’ twin brother, Rylan, scored the go-ahead run for the Rangers following a passed ball and a throwing error that went over the third baseman’s head by Eastern’s catcher in the top of the fifth inning.Sweetwater grabbed a 5-0 lead to start the game, but saw it gradually slip away as Eastern came back to tie it by scoring five runs in a three-inning span against Rylan Hayes, the Rangers’ starting pitcher.But Reese Hayes got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the fourth inning to prevent further damage, and Rylan — who pinch ran after Blake Andrus walked to start the fifth — regained the lead for the Rangers after the passed ball. He didn’t stop at second, but headed for third base and scored when the catcher’s pickoff throw went into left field.Sweetwater survived a pair of home runs by Abil-ene Eastern, plus an RBI single that tied it 5-5 in the fourth inning. Andrus and Rylan Hayes had RBI hits in the five-run first inning and Reese Hayes, Andrus, Antonio Ramirez, Antonio Heredia and Rylan Hayes all scored. Seth Garcia had an RBI on a sacrifice bunt.Sweetwater won 12-1 over Clyde’s Horned Frogs on Tuesday and also defeated Wylie’s Astros, 10-9, and Jim Ned’s Athletics, 16-1.